November 25, 2014

General Assembly



 The General Assembly is comprised of elected and appointed members who serve to represent the undergraduate student body at Penn State University Park. Every academic college has one representative elected to represent the students within that college. Additionally, there are 20 At-Large Representatives tasked with acting in the best interest of all undergraduate students. Finally, here are six (6) special interest seats filled to provide a unique perspective to the UPUA’s General Assembly.The General Assembly researches and writes legislation in Committee, and once passed by the respective committee, the legislation is brought to the floor to be voted on by all members either as a Policy, a Resolution, or a Bill.


 Speaker of Assembly: Brent Rice

The UPUA’s Assembly maintains and operates four committees that seek to continually improve the lives of students at the university. Each committee has specific functions within the organization and is headed by a Chair and Vice Chair. The four Chairs, the Speaker, the President , the Vice President, and other members of the Executive Board form the Steering Committee, which overlooks all legislation passed by the committees. Questions or comments for Speaker Rice can be directed to

Chair of Student Life Committee: Kyleigh Higie

The Student Life Committee works on initiatives related, but not limited to sexual assault, diversity, and mental health. They host multiple events throughout the year such as Mental Health and Wellness Week and Sexual Violence Awareness Week in order to bring to light issues that are plaguing Penn State students. They have worked on comprehensive reports on Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State, examining the cultural climate at the University Park campus. Any questions or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Higie at

Chair of Academic Affairs Committee: George Samuel

The Academic Affairs Committee is one of five sub-divisions of the University Park Undergraduate Association’s legislative branch. It serves as a forum to focus student concerns regarding academia and undergraduate education. All academic college representatives are required to sit on the Academic Affairs Committee. This committee also works closely with the Faculty-Senate. Comments or concerns regarding these issues, contact Chair Samuel at

Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee: Isaac Will

The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees all issues pertaining to the local, state, and federal levels of government. Furthermore, the committee addresses issues within the realm of the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee’s initiatives vary, including anything from Penn State tuition to Pennsylvania support for higher education. Through advocacy and legislative outreach, the committee seeks to better student life at all levels of government. All questions and concerns can be sent to Chair Will at

Chair of Facilities Committee: Cody Heaton

The Facilities Committee serves to better campus life for all students, specifically in regards to University facilities and structures located at University Park. Members of this committee also sit on a number of advisory committees, including the Facilities Fee Advisory Board, in which they collaborate with other organizations and faculty on how the Facilities Fee will be allocated for the year. Any questions or comments regarding Penn State facilities, contact Chair Heaton at

At Large Representatives:

Tyler Akers
Chris Chavez
Ben Cutler
Spencer Davis
Brad Edwards
Katierose Epstein
Alex Frederick
Andrew George
Robert Griggs
Sophie Haiman
Cody Heaton
Kyleigh Higie
Helia Hosseinpour
Courtney Hummel
Fernando Mendez
Brent Rice
Zach Robinson
Bhavin Shah
Anthony Stem
Isaac Will

College Representatives:

Agricultural Science – Bradley Garrett
Arts and Architecture – Andrew Ahr
Communications – Laura McKinney
Division of Undergraduate Studies – William Dunn
Earth and Mineral Sciences – Peter Rinehart
Eberly College of Science – Brandon Yonel
Education – Laney Coull
Engineering – Vansh Prabhu
Health & Human Development – Monica Ogrodnick
Information Sciences and Technology – Chelsey Wood
Liberal Arts – Rachel Harrison
Nursing – George Samuel
Schreyer Honors – Nicholas Karafilis
Smeal College of Business – Mark Sideck


Greek Life Representatives:

Interfraternity Council (IFC) – Matthew Marano
Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) – Aashish Khatwani
National Panhellenic Council (NPHC) – [Awaiting Appointment]
Panhellenic (PHC) – Samantha Schnurman